Descubra Minho is a local tour operator specialized in guided and self guided walking and cycling tours in Northern Portugal: Minho region, Serra D’Arga Nature Reserve but also Peneda – Gerês National Park.
Filipe Costinha and Agostinho Costinha created Descubra Minho in 2013 and afterwards opened the office in Montaria village on the foothills of Serra D’Arga Nature Reserve, a secret mountain in the district of Viana do Castelo.
Montaria is a hometown to Filipe and Agostinho. They grew up close to nature which has, in turn, led them to become rear nature lovers. Because of this, today, they want to share with you the secret, hidden and unknown to others places in Serra D’Arga and in the whole Northern Portugal.
As an incoming Tour Operator, we work all year round with small groups as well as solo travelers.
The company slogan is “Feel Nature“ - this is our mission. Once you book a tour with us, you will certainly understand its meaning. You will truly embrace the nature around you and because we work in the Portuguese countryside, with us, you will experience and discover the real Portugal!
On our tours we include a picnic lunch with local food and drink buying from local farmers. You make an important contribution to the local economies of the places you visit.
On our wine bike tours you visit family owned wineries and you can stay in family run hotels.
Since 2013 we avoid mass tourism, the goal of Descubra Minho is to offer nature-oriented experiences without making any negative impact.
" We did a family donkey tour. Our kids with 3 and 5 years-old, really enjoyed the tour with Linda and Carriça. Serra D´Arga mountain is quiet and wonderful! It was a fantastic day!"
"My wife booked the waterfalls and making traditional corn bread tour. Given the current Covid-19 circumstances I was impressed by the measures in place. Agostinho wore a visor and mask, the lunch had separate tables for us and gel to clean our hands."
"Short and light hike through the forest. Great swims in the lagoons and under the waterfalls. Our guide had a lot of knowledge about the environment and his English was very good. The picnic at the end was in a beautiful spot with only local fruits, jams, sausages and bread. I definitely recommend it!"
"Agostinho arranged walks and went through each day with us so we knew exactly what was happening and when. The walks were tailored to our needs (I'm the wrong side of 70) and were without fail a really excellent introduction to the many varied splendours of the Gerês National Park".
"My husband & I found our day hiking with Agostinho to be the highlight of our trip to Portugal. We visited the villages of Soajo & Lindoso and hiked the surrounding countryside. This allowed us to experience traditional Portuguese life".